Archive for April, 2021

28/04/2021

Indoctrinating Digital Surveillance

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Velázquez*

Deep mistake: using malware for dealing with a fundamentally economic problem

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The rise of surveillance capitalism
The rise of surveillance capitalism | Image from Wall Street International.

27 April 2021 (Wall Street International)*   —  Due to the current Covid-19 lockdown, educational and many other institutions are turning to surveillance tools in unprecedented numbers, under the banner of “proctoring”.

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28/04/2021

The “Three Planetary Crises” of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Pollution Are Reinforcing Each Other, Driving ‘Further Damage to the Environment and to Our Health’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The “three planetary crises” of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution are reinforcing each other and driving further damage to the environment and to our health, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

Unsplash/Jack B | Sunset over a field in the English countryside.
27/04/2021

A Triple Pandemic Strikes the Ecuadorian Amazon

Human Wrongs Watch

By Andrés Tapia*

A year on from a devastating oil spill, many Indigenous communities are still without clean water, and contaminated soil means they cannot grow crops

Monitoring of oil pollution on the Coca River | Ivan Castaneira, Agencia Teganta / Lanceros digitales

26 April 2021 (openDemocracy)* — On 7 April 2020 in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Napo and Coca rivers flowed dark with oil and fuel.

The spill, caused by three ruptured pipelines, triggered the worst environmental disaster to hit Ecuador in the past 15 years. Some 15,000 gallons of oil and fuel spilled into the rivers, affecting 35,000 people directly and more than 120,000 indirectly, many of them Kichwa Indigenous people from 105 communities.

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27/04/2021

Water and Life

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

26 April 2021 (Wall Street International)* — In its home page on World Water Day the United Nations points out the following facts:

The Colorado River is reduced to a trickle when it reaches the Pacific
The Colorado River is reduced to a trickle when it reaches the Pacific | Image from Wall Street International.
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  • today, 1 in 3 people live without safe drinking water;
  • by 2050, up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year;
  • climate-resilient water supply and sanitation could save the lives of more than 360,000 infants every year;
  • if we limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, we could cut climate-induced water stress by up to 50%;
  • extreme weather has caused more than 90% of major disasters over the last decade;
  • by 2040, global energy demand is projected to increase by over 25% and water demand is expected to increase by more than 50%.

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27/04/2021

World Military Spending Rises to a Hefty $2.0 Trillion Despite UN Pleas for Cutbacks

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 26 2021 (IPS)* – The United Nations– which is desperately seeking funds to help developing nations battling a staggering array of socio-economic problems, including extreme poverty, hunger, economic inequalities and environmental hazards– has continued to be one of the strongest advocates of disarmament.

SIPRI’s research on arms and military spending has been the core of the Institute’s work since its foundation in the 1960s. Credit: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

The world body has relentlessly campaigned for reduced military spending in an attempt to help divert some of these resources into sustainable development and humanitarian assistance.

But according to a new report released April 26 by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), world military expenditure rose to nearly $2 trillion in 2020, an increase of 2.6 percent, in real terms, from 2019.

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24/04/2021

Aboriginal People in Australia: The Most Imprisoned People on Earth

23 April 2021 (IWGIA)*Aboriginal incarceration rates are much higher than the general Australian population. Moreover, Indigenous women represent 34% of the total number of inmates. As if this wasn’t enough, the legal and welfare systems are removing Indigenous children from their families and culture, serving as a mechanism of forced assimilation.

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Protests by the Black Lives Matter international movement in front of Sydney’s Town Hall. / Credit: Télam.

Dunghutti man David Dungay Jr died on December 29, 2015, aged 26 calling for breath in a cell in Sydney’s Long Bay prison as he was held face down by prison guards attempting to sedate him.

The harrowing plea “I can’t breathe” recorded in the last moments of George Floyd’s life on 25 May 2020, as he struggled under the weight of a Florida police officer’s knee, remind all First Nations peoples in Australia of the tragic death of David Dungay, and the deaths of so many Aboriginal people while in custody.

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24/04/2021

Small Family Farmers Produce a Third of the World’s Food

Human Wrongs Watch

New FAO research focuses on contributions of farmers with fewer than two hectares

Photo: ©FAO/Cristina Aldehuela

A farmer in Ghana.

ROME, 23 April 2021 (FAO)* – The world’s smallholder farmers produce around a third of the world’s food, according to detailed new research by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Five of every six farms in the world consist of less than two hectares, operate only around 12 percent of all agricultural land, and produce roughly 35 percent of the world’s food, according to a study published in World Development.

Smallholders’ contributions to food supply varies enormously between countries, with the share as high as 80 percent in China and in the low single-digits for Brazil and Nigeria.

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23/04/2021

Agro-Industry Surrounds Xingu Indigenous Territory

Human Wrongs Watch

Impacts of grain crop cultivation spill into Brazil’s oldest indigenous reserve as farmers work with tribes to restore degraded land

The peoples of the Xingu say agricultural activity beyond the borders of their territory has impacted fish populations (image: Alamy)

Watatakalu Yawalapiti is 40 years old. She was born in the Amakapuku village, surrounded by a large preserved forest in the heart of Brazil. She spent part of her childhood on the white sands and clear waters of the Tuatuari river.

At other times, she would sit in a circle listening to her great-grandfather telling stories, like the one about how the white man would arrive with a huge blade and cut down the trees as one shaves one’s body hair.

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23/04/2021

‘Weather-Related Crises Have Triggered more than Twice as Much Displacement as Conflict and Violence in the Last Decade’

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Climate change link to displacement of most vulnerable is clear: UNHCR

© UNHCR/Xavier Bourgois | Refugees in Minawao, in northeastern Cameroon, plant trees in a region which has been deforested due to climate change and human activity.

(UN News)* — Weather-related crises have triggered more than twice as much displacement as conflict and violence in the last decade, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on 22 April 2021.

Coinciding with Earth Day on Thursday 22 April, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, published data showing how disasters linked to climate change likely worsen poverty, hunger and access to natural resources, stoking instability and violence.

23/04/2021

‘Past Decade Was the Hottest on Record, and We Continue to See Rising Sea-Levels, Scorching Temperatures, Devastating Tropical Cyclones and Epic Wildfires…’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

The planet’s on ‘red alert’ UN chief warns leaders at President Biden’s climate summit

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NOAA/Jerry Penry | Scientists believe that climate change is causing an increase in extreme weather events.
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(UN News)* — World leaders must act now and put the planet on a green path because “we are at the verge of the abyss”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 22 April 2021 said in his address to the virtual climate summit convened by United States President Joseph Biden.

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